June 7, 2023

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Second Round Options in the 2019 Draft

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First Round picks get all the press coverage and get all the buzz, but we all know that there are some gems in the 2nd round of every draft. Drew Brees, Gronk, Anquan Boldin, Calais Campbell, Eric Weddle, LeSean McCoy, Le’veon Bell, and Clinton Portis are a few of the big names that have been selected in the second round.

We all know that this upcoming draft could be the biggest in franchise history. We have a new coaching staff, a new vision and the Bucs are in need of a turnaround. Our coach believes in our players and believes that we are a talented team and he wants players that want to be here. With that said I can’t explain how significant the first draft of the Arians era is for this franchise and for us, the Fans.

  1. Rock Ya-Sin – CB, Temple. Now I love this pick. Not only because of the name, but because of how impressive this player was in college. Now I know, Temple doesn’t scream football powerhouse or NFL type competition, but Ya-Sin impressed his one and only year in FBS play. The word you constantly keep hearing around him is COACHING. Now I don’t know about you, but our staff is one of the best around the league. Arians knows how to coach players into giving him their best and Ya-Sin would be perfect with such an approach. Ya-Sin with the right coaching has the ability to perfect the already impressive skill set he possesses, and he could be a mainstay in our secondary for years to come.
  2. Jeffery Simmons – DL, Miss. St. A surprising entry since Simmons was projected to be an early first-round pick before he tore his ACL. Now his upside could still see him being picked in the first round, but if he is still here when Tampa is on the clock in the second round, then we should not hesitate and draft him. A dominating DT, who can play DE in a 3-4 scheme and a DT in a 4-3 scheme, would be a welcome addition in 2020.
  3. Taylor Rapp – S, Washington. Now I know, some fans are still hurting over the Derwin James snub in last year’s draft. I present to you Taylor Rapp, a Safety in the likeness of Derwin James in his playstyle. He can be an in the box safety and can also cover anything from receivers to tight ends. He is great with open field tackles and takes great angles to tackle players. In the box, safeties haven’t worked well in Mike Smith’s defense, but are well used on Bowles defense and one that can play both the run and pass would be very hard to pass up if he’s there in the top of the 2nd round.

Safe to say that this draft carries the hopes of all of the fanbase. I can’t wait to see how it plays out. Keep it locked to All things Bucs and Bucs Life News for all of your Bucs coverage needs. GO BUCS!!!!!